Meet Wonu Owoade!

Wonu came on board in October 2021 as our Fundraising Manager – she is an integral part of the team already! Have a read about her first month…

“…not only a team, but we are a family…”

‘Move the World’. When I saw the name of this charity I smiled and knew I instantly wanted to be part of their story.
In today’s world where there is so much changing within society and not always for the good, I always feel encouraged knowing there are people out there who want to make a positive difference in any way possible. I knew as soon as reading into the work of this charity that the team believed in the importance of doing good in any way possible and in the process help ‘Move the World’ – one day at a time.

That was the main reason why I applied to be their Fundraising Manager to help raise the resources needed to continue this important work – work to help young people in Ghana reach their full potential and become change-
makers transforming their communities. When I secured the role I was thrilled and could not wait to get started on the work at hand!


In my first month, alongside learning about the work, my main responsibility has been to help research donors with who we could work and form strategic partnerships. In my first two weeks, I helped submit a proposal to such a donor and for me, it was a great opportunity to learn more about the work of Move the World and our ambitious plans to extend our reach to even more young people next year and have a greater impact in the communities that we serve. Together with the Trustees, we are working on putting our fundraising strategy for 2022 into action with many exciting events on the horizon including the Big Give and our annual Lovers and Bluffers event in which we hope will provide great opportunities to thank our supporters; as well as reach more people to support the work we do.

Another key highlight has been meeting members of the team both virtually and in person, we always try to stay connected across time zones and different working days. Although we have our specific responsibilities, we always assess how best we can support each other and we all get stuck in where and as needed.

We are not only a team but we are a family.


As Christmas rolls on, we have been working on developing our Christmas video – which has been very exciting and also a laugh in making – I cannot wait for you to see it! As we look to 2022, we hope to continue to expand our partnerships and outreach and hope together we can continue to Move the World!

What is a Global Citizen?

July 2021 has been a pretty packed month- from creating and brainstorming for our newest curriculum to hosting our first FULL team meeting with facilitators and teacher guides and setting up for what will be a pretty busy August with 2 Community Programmes running in full over 13 days.

But in true Move the World style, we added some spice and life to our meetings and day to day activities and took a few moments to tell you what being a Global Citizen means to us.

Would love to hear what it means for you 🙂

Nkabom – Connecting Hearts & Hands for Ghana

On the 21st of April 2021, we ran the first Nkabom event.

This event was an idea sparked in November 2020 on how we might be able to collaborate with others and raise funds and awareness for our programmes.

We teamed up with Action Through Enterprise (ATE) and Girls Flow Free (GFF) at the end of the last year, put our heads together and came up with with a plan.

Nkabom is the twi word for “bringing together” or “connecting” – the adinkra symbol chosen means “connecting hearts” and this was something that fit so well for us as we wanted to connect with eachother, build eachother up and connect with the larger Ghanaian diaspora here in the UK.

The evening was jam packed and started off with a conversation between Dawid and Afua and then moved into 6 minute pitches from each of the 3 charities – ATE, GFF and MTW- followed by 4 minutes of questions.

We were honoured to have Dawid Konotey-Ahulu, one of our long term supporters and mentors join us for the evening and speak about his personal experiences growing up in Ghana and where his path has led him to today.
This was a live conversation with Afua Adom, a journalist and broadcaster, who was also able to share her experiences in giving to projects and organisations “back home” (Ghana).

Plus our wonderful Kellie Lucas, trustee and treasurer once again wowed us with her ability to moderate the conversation and MC the evening.

“Every child needs at least one adult in their lives who is irrationally crazy about them”- Dawid Konotey-Ahulu

It was such a great experience for MTW to harness our ask and focus in on the important parts of what people want to hear.

Together we raised £2400 that is split 3 ways between us! A successful evening had by all!!

Finally, we are honoured to have Vicky Leigh in our network who wrote an article on the event here:
https://twoflowercactuscreative.com/2021/04/29/nkabom-connection-collaboration-for-ghana/

To have a watch or listen in check out the recording!

Study Buddies- Acumen Course

Our core management team, Caroline, Claire, Lawrencia and Megan have just finished a 7 week Acumen coursed on “Nonprofit Fundraising.”

We have learnt so much and this comes at the exact time we are writing more grants and running more events to raise up awareness on our programmes and the incredible people who make sure each session runs smoothly!

Being virtual actually worked really well for us as we created a slot in our diaries every Friday afternoon for 2 hours to go over the readings and assignment work.
Our “study buddy” session was led by a different person of the team each week on a rotating basis – so we were able to play teacher and student as well.

We can’t recommend this course enough as it has helped shape a new way of looking at things for us and built a stronger base of passion of why we do what we do.

Move the World may be small but we are mighty and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon!

Thank you Acumen for providing this course for free and looking forward to the next course we can book on soon!

https://www.acumenacademy.org/course/nonprofit-fundraising-essentials

Big Leadership Lesson with Prince Adu-Appiah

Co-Founders Claire Hardy and Megan Taylor were honoured to be the first guests on long time friend and partner Prince Adu-Appiah’s latest dive into the world of podcasts.

We met Prince in 2015 in Ghana and his work with 1 Billion Africa. Our collaborations haven’t ceased since and we are so proud of what this man is able to accomplish.

On reflection both Claire and Megan mentioned how fulfilling it was to speak about their own journeys and their big leadership lessons.

Have a listen where ever you get your podcasts!

YouTube: https://youtu.be/TI3MvY9CdBQ

Apple Podcast: https://apple.co/31XKZoH

Google Podcast: http://bit.do/princeongooglepodcast

Afripods: http://bit.do/princeonafripods

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3mv4gYg

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/leadwithprince

Stitcher: http://bit.do/princeonstitche

Extraordinary Women Challenging the Ordinary

We had a fantastic evening on the 7th of April, 2021 and were honoured to have Juliet Amoah, Ivelina Green and Rebecca Farmer speaking with our own Kelllie Lucas as moderator.

A very special thanks to Vicki Leigh who wrote a review of the evening. Her thoughts and reflections can be found on the link below. Thank you Vicki!

 

 


Two Flower Cactus Creative Blog Review

If you missed the event- you can have a listen here!

Get Global Activities

Our Get Global Programme piloted in 2018 and to date has impacted 176 students through 9 different programmes.
We have trained and employed 10 facilitators and are proud of the family we have created and sustained.

Get Global works on the principal of Experiential Education, which in short is the act of doing, reflecting and learning. This builds our young people with further life skills and impacts their ability to think critically and engage with challenges they face.

Two of our lead facilitators have gotten together to present a few of our favourite activities that are placed throughout the programme.
Check it out and feel free to get in touch for more information.

Lead Facilitators: Habiba Abdullah & Margaret Osei
Direction: Lawrencia Awuku
Filming: Ebenezer Tae Ameyaw (@tae_creates)

Student Volunteers: Samuel, Songdedoh, Arkum, Yelle

PITF: Kofi Asante – The Kofi Asante Initiative

Ben met up (virtually) with Kofi Asante recently, have a listen to his thoughts on all things SDGs and Global Citizenship

Samuel Kofi Asante is a product of the University of Ghana. A young man who is passionate about kids and as a matter of fact has always wanted to support young ones to achieve their dreams. His organisation, ‘Kofi Asante Initiatives’ was inspired by his stay in Nyinanasusu located in the Ashanti Region of Ghana when he was doing his national service. He served as a teacher and during his stay, he saw the wide gap of disparities in village education; poor and inadequate educational materials, emotional and psychological breakdown on the part of the kids, teachers and sometimes parents. He therefore decided to take it up and provide solutions hence Kofi Asante Initiatives.

Thanks to Ben for the interview and introduction

For more information on The Kofi Asante Initiative:
https://www.facebook.com/kofi.asante.5203

PITF: Olufunmilayo Habiba Obadofin – Creative Branders Org.

What does it mean to be a global citizen?
A global citizen is someone who is aware of both local and global matters and their role in shaping it better.  A global citizen takes action for local or/and global causes, taking into consideration the impact of their actions on others and the globe itself.

Which SDG do you think impacts the most?
Goal 16; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Which one are you passionate about?
Goal 1-5 and 16

How did you get involved with your organisation?
I saw a need for young people to be empowered with civic education, basic life skills, knowledge of rights and to begin to mobilise and demand for social change as a group as well as individually in their respective spaces.
My present organisation was born through experiences with other organisations I was part of early on that gave me the opportunity to do all of these things now.

What makes you passionate about what you do within your organisation?
Seeing people begin to embrace, accept, work towards and exhibit the change we seek.

How do you see Move the World and your Organisation partner?
Through capacity building training for our beneficiaries and volunteers. As well as through an exchange and review of training materials.

** Creative Branders Organisation is brand new- no online presence yet, but stay tuned! **

Thanks to Margaret for the introduction!